SHC Issues Notices to OGRA and HDIP for Not Ensuring Safety of CNG Kits in Vehicles

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued notices to officials of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) in the case of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) kits being used in vehicles.

The court issued notices after finding out that no proper mechanism is in place to check and verify the CNG and LNG kits being used in school vans and other vehicles.

Notably, a two-judge SHC bench sat to hear a set of petitions about the said issue. Secretary for Transport and Mass Transit Akhtar Ghouri appeared before the court. He was asked to explain whether any mechanism existed for issuing fitness certificates for CNG kits being used in vehicles.


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The secretary said before the court that the responsibility lies with OGRA since it is the controlling authority for the issue under question. Moreover, he told the court that the HDIP has been working under the control and supervision of OGRA and is responsible for checking the kits’ quality.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Traffic, Najeeb Khan, argued that his department frequently removes CNG/LPG cylinders from school vans. He also submitted a report on the number of fines imposed and the cylinders confiscated by the traffic police.

Hearing this, the court issued notices to OGRA and HDIP while seeking the presence of a relevant officer from Ogra and the HDIP director on Feb. 21, 2019.

The court will also examine the copies of relevant laws in the presence of the representative of both OGRA and HDIP.


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